could diet effect behavior?

This is from a facebook thread featuring this news item:

“Context” is one’s way of relating to reality. There are many ways of relating, each of which is built on past experience. All of them may have value and relevance.

For someone who has lived in an orphanage, like myself, we may look at things like the drugging of some children (and the other “behaviorally exceptional” people of mental wards and prisons) as a practice that (1) benefits certain business interests (the drug companies which secure deals for taxpayer funding) which may also be the business interests that lobby for the establishing of institutions that benefit them financially and (2) also benefits the employees of those facilities to make their work easier and (3) THEREFORE benefits the residents of those facilities. How could I possibly say that last one? Because the absence of those facilities might not improve the lives of those folks. An abandoned child might be quite jealous of a child in an orphanage, right? Food? Shelter? Attention? Awesome!

A few hundred years ago, there were virtually no public schools on this planet (except if you count things like police training academies and military boot camps). Now, there are lots of public schools and many families are economically desperate to the extent that both parents feel pressured to focus on generating income, sending their kids off to schools even when not legally compelled. (Of course, some of their “economic desperation” may be due to choosing to borrow money to live in a $500,000 house instead of a $150,000 house, but that is a different issue, right?)

So, lots of kids are loaded on to a bus and sent to distant compounds for the free daycare also known as public education. Whether in school or in a public library or whatever, when children or adults are in distress and rage in a way that does not serve the interests of socially dominant values, they may be restrained or confined or drugged or traumatized or killed. That is just the reality of human history. (By the way, rage that fulfills socially popular values may result in things like winning lawsuits or political revolutions or wars.)

Now, back to the original topic of behavior issues for children at school (and perhaps with a new clarity on the social context), I turn to a new tangent: diet. I recently posted some studies on the effect of different diets on the behavioral variations of prisoners. Similar studies have been done on rats etc etc etc….

Nutrition 103

Nutrition 103 (Photo credit: Andrew Simpson)

Here are the basic findings across dozens of studies and many decades. Diets high in refined carbohydrates, unfermented soy products, certain vegetable oils, and various modern additives and preservatives tend to correspond to chronic biochemical inflammation and behavioral irritability and inability to focus (like from crashes in blood sugar) as well as the eventual arising of diabetes, cancer, and any other “dis-eases” that relate to biochemical functionality and nutrition, as in ALL OF THEM. Imagine if schools handed out beers to kids every morning and got their kids drunk, then complained of “mysterious” behavioral changes!

In contrast, diets high in “primitive” nourishment (and none of the above items qualify for me as nourishing) tend to correspond to mood stability, lasting energy, increased intellectual performance, increased athletic performance, increased physical growth rates, and even things like increased fertility. [Also, traditional people worldwide recognize that well-nourished infants tend to sleep soundly through the night, while under-nourished infants tend to experience distress, trouble sleeping, and then scream for nourishment, but then (at least in typical modern civilized households) are just given more soy-based formula drinks and then are put back to bed as if they have just been given high quality breast milk! ]

For context, the nutritional consultant that I favor most (and use) reports that he used to have autism among may other diagnoses. He (Aajonus Vanderplanitz) also reports numerous successes in assisting people to recover from autism, MS, cancers, ADHD, and a huge list of diagnoses that simply did not exist much in humanity until a little over a century ago with the boom in industrial agriculture and pasteurization.

I think also of Donna Gates and her diet called Body Ecology. Her success with discontinuing the symptoms of autism and other metabolic/behavioral patterns is among the best. She has videos on youtube and a facebook page as well.

Is Autism curable? A lot of folks who no longer have any symptoms of autism seem to think so.

People can fight for accommodations and political favoritism and extra funding. Or, they can alter their own behavior. Or, all of the above.

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